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Find Text Leading from Acrobat PDF

Ever have to recreate a document from an Acrobat PDF? You can find out most everything about the text by using the Object Inspector, except the leading. Well, here's a cheesy way to figure it out. Open the PDF in Illustrator (you just need one page). Release any and all clipping masks. Draw a guide at the baseline of the first line of text, and one on the line below. Now, Option-drag the first line to make a copy, and position it exactly next to the original first line at baseline. Then put a return anywhere in the copied line. Now adjust leading of the copied lines, so that the second line of copy rests on the baseline of the second line of the original. Now you know your leading.

Or you could buy expensive software to find the leading. Your choice.

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Welcome to Macintosh Movie to Screen at Macworld Expo

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The upcoming Macworld Expo will feature not just one, but two documentaries about the world of the Macintosh. "Welcome to Macintosh" will be screened for one night only during the weeklong Macworld Expo, with a handful of special guests available for some Q&A after the film. Guy Kawasaki (who needs no introduction), Jim Reekes (creator of the Macintosh start-up sound, among much else), Ron Wayne (one of the original co-founders of Apple Computer), and others will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the film.

The official synopsis says the film "explores the early years of Apple, the many challenges Apple has faced, and what the future may hold for the company and its products. Ex-Apple employees, engineers, and community members offer insight on the company's innovations, failures, cultural impact, and what the future may be like beyond the reign of its co-founder Steve Jobs."

If you're already considering checking out the other documentary screening at Macworld Expo, "MacHEADS: A Fanboy Documentary," (see "MacHEADS Movie to Premiere at Macworld Expo", 2008-12-21), it may be worth checking out this one too. It looks like it might make a nice counterpart - focusing less on the fandom and culture of Mac, and more on a broader view of Apple, what the company has accomplished, and how it has achieved its current position in the industry.

"Welcome to Macintosh" will screen on Thursday, 08-Jan-09, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (at 1881 Post Street, at Fillmore). Seating is limited, so you may want to consider purchasing tickets ahead via BrownPaperTickets to secure a spot. Attendees will also be able to purchase the "Welcome to Macintosh" DVD, which contains over three hours of additional footage and features. For those unable to attend the Macworld Expo screening, the DVD is also available for purchase from Filmbaby.com

 

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